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If I were King

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Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau)

This work is also known by its French title, Si j'étais Roi

General Info

Year: 1852 / 1900
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Condensed Score/Solo Cornet
D-flat Piccolo
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II-III
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Si j'étais roi (English: If I Were King) is an opéra-comique in three acts by Adolphe Adam. The libretto was written by Adolphe d'Ennery and Jules-Henri Brésil. It was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Historique, Boulevard du Temple) on 4 September 1852, and reached over 170 performances in its first ten years. The production was considered lavish, with expensive costumes and jewels being worn by the cast. It was then staged in Brussels (1853), New Orleans (1856), Turin (1858) and Soerabaya (1864).

Though less popular than Le postillon de Lonjumeau, it is often regarded as Adam's finest work. The well-developed overture was quite popular, particularly on recordings.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Adam, A.; Laurendeau, L. (1900). If I Were King : Overture, (Si J'etais Roi) [score]. Carl Fischer: [n.l.]
  • Si j'étais roi, Wikipedia Accessed 22 October 2016